Futurist in Paris: The Future of Sustainable Cities, Station F ChangeNOW Summit

Futurist in Paris: The Future of Sustainable Cities, Station F ChangeNOW Summit

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF The effect that climate change and pollution is having on our society and wellbeing is well documented but it’s clear from this summit that for every problem we face there are hundreds of innovative solutions.   Firstly, a big thanks to the wonderful team, lead...

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Futurist in Helsinki: The Future of Transportation, Nordic Digital Business Summit

Futurist in Helsinki: The Future of Transportation, Nordic Digital Business Summit

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF Over the next twenty years the transportation industry will see more change than it has in the previous 200 and the impacts of these changes will be felt within every industry, and every corner of society.   Firstly, thanks to Noel and his team for...

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Watch: Yamaha’s insane Motobot race Valentino “The Doctor” Rossi on the track

Watch: Yamaha’s insane Motobot race Valentino “The Doctor” Rossi on the track

WHY THIS MATTERS Part marketing stunt part serious experiment Yamaha’s Motobot robot took on Valentino “The Doctor” Rossi on the track to improve bike safety.   Yamaha was just caught showing off their latest humanoid robot that they put onto one of their motorcycles and pitted it against Valentino Rossi, one...

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Researchers have found a way to successfully debug neural networks

Researchers have found a way to successfully debug neural networks

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF A bug in your self-driving car’s AI software caused it to drive you off a cliff and you’re dead, you’re probably now wishing that it’d been debugged – and now it can be   If you listen to the venture capitalists in Silicon Valley then...

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Maritime regulator gets set to allow autonomous ships on the high seas

Maritime regulator gets set to allow autonomous ships on the high seas

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF As new autonomous ship technologies race ahead we mustn’t forget that nothing happens unless the regulators allow it, but now the dam’s bursting   It can be said that the majority of people and companies normally see change coming well before it arrives, take the...

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Intel enters the self-driving car market

Intel enters the self-driving car market

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF It used to be the case that car companies were car companies and tech companies were tech companies, but now the lines between the industries are blurring and the old rules have changed   Intel has announced that it will join almost every other auto manufacturer...

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China splurges $10 Billion to build a national quantum technology research center

China splurges $10 Billion to build a national quantum technology research center

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF Quantum technologies will transform the world by creating ultra-fast computing platforms, ultra-secure networks, and new forms of radar that will render stealth obsolete, and China wants to dominate the space   This week the Chinese government announced they would be spending upwards of $10 Billion...

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China unveils the world’s largest electric vehicle charging network

China unveils the world’s largest electric vehicle charging network

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF China’s ambitions to embrace renewable energy and electric vehicles shows no signs of slowing down, and they’re leaving other countries in the dust.   Last year the US Government announced it was going to start rolling out a huge network of electric charging points across...

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There’s something fishy about Dubai Airports new security technology

There’s something fishy about Dubai Airports new security technology

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF Airports are finally moving away from Photo ID’s and passports and embracing new biometric and facial recognition technologies in order to speed up the flow of people and improve the customer experience, but some are worried about the privacy implications   Hot on the heels...

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MIT researchers use AI and a smartphone to see round corners

MIT researchers use AI and a smartphone to see round corners

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF Cameras that can see around corners are getting better, and the technology is beginning more commercially viable but there’s still a long way to go before you can take pictures around corners   Building cameras that can see around corners is nothing new and over...

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World’s first fully autonomous freight train goes for a spin in Australia

World’s first fully autonomous freight train goes for a spin in Australia

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF While every transportation company on Earth is racing to build fully autonomous vehicle they’ve all been beaten to market by the world’s first fully autonomous freight train   This week Rio Tinto, who are already operating the world’s largest autonomous dump truck, the 250 ton...

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Kalashnikov show off their first ever hoverbike

Kalashnikov show off their first ever hoverbike

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF Kalashnikovs new hoverbike has civilian and military use cases but most people will just want one to commute in   Last week Kalashnikov, makers of the famous AK-47 and part of the Russian defence giant Rostec, announced that it’s branching out into what it calls...

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Revolutionary new IoT chip communicates miles without using any energy

Revolutionary new IoT chip communicates miles without using any energy

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF IoT devices only “work” if they have connectivity, but up until now trying to get data from a sensor in a field, or a toaster at home, has meant fitting them all with battery powered communications gear, new backscatter devices solve that issue   A...

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Travel to anywhere on Earth in under an hour, Elon Musk reveals his newest plan

Travel to anywhere on Earth in under an hour, Elon Musk reveals his newest plan

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF The world needs visionaries because they’re the individuals who make us excited about the future and our own human potential, and Elon Musk just did it again   At yesterdays’ International Astronautical Congress (IAC) in Adelaide, Australia, Elon Musk, the billionaire polymath and founder of Neuralink,...

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Musk unveils his plan to put a million people on Mars starting 2024

Musk unveils his plan to put a million people on Mars starting 2024

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF It’s inevitable that humanity will, at one point or another, become an interplanetary species, and Musk wants it to happen in the next decade   It’s no secret that Elon Musk wants to, on the one hand, get to Mars himself, famously saying back in 2015...

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Blockchain entrepreneurs are helping utilities re-invent the powergrid

Blockchain entrepreneurs are helping utilities re-invent the powergrid

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF The power grids used by most countries were born in a different era, but now, thanks to new technologies like blockchain, grid scale storage and renewables, they’re about to get upgraded   Imagine the scene, a power pole collapses at 8PM on a hot night...

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World’s first autonomous cargo ship to enter service in 2018

World’s first autonomous cargo ship to enter service in 2018

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF Faced by “cratering profits,” low margins and bankruptcy, shipping companies are starting to look at ways they can roll out autonomous cargo ships faster than planned   Last year the CEO of Rolls Royce announced his company’s grand plan to create fleets of “Ghost ships,”...

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South China Airlines swaps boarding cards for facial recognition

South China Airlines swaps boarding cards for facial recognition

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF Biometrics is quickly becoming the security tool of choice for a vast number of governments and organisations, and increasingly I’m seeing them being used to create new “contactless” borders and “frictionless” customer experiences   Earlier this year I reported that Australia had decided to do...

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UK to start self-driving semi-truck trials on public roads in 2018

UK to start self-driving semi-truck trials on public roads in 2018

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF Technologies that were thought to be decades away from maturity are arriving faster than most people anticipate, and as the UK starts autonomous vehicle tests it won’t be soon before we see the first driverless trucks ploughing our highways   Hot on the heels of...

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The death of the combustion engine, China prepares to announce ban

The death of the combustion engine, China prepares to announce ban

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF It now looks inevitable that the world will make the switch to electric vehicles, but there is still a lot to be done to build out the infrastructure and capacity needed to support these governments aspirations   Sell your oil and gas stocks, and throw...

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